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Youth Are Ready For A Radically New Future

November 7, 2019

Above: CFJ’s Angel Palencia and Nhada Ahmed kick off the State of the Youth event in San Jose last month.  Young people are leading and taking action on a national and global scale, challenging systems of power that endanger their ability to thrive and live with dignity. In California, we have the 5th largest economy…

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Teen Immigrants Bullied Because of Culture, Language, and More

November 6, 2019

Teen Vogue recently talked to CFJ leaders and other youth activists in California to hear what it’s like to be bullied over your immigration status. Read below to learn more about the struggles of institutionalized bullying, school-to-deportation pipeline and the beauty of reclaiming your voice and identity. BY ANNETTE LIN OCTOBER 30, 2019 For as…

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What does it mean to be Filipino American?

October 22, 2019

By Geordee Mae Corpuz (Organizing Director for CFJ Oakland) and Justine Santos (Lead Organizer for CFJ Oakland) October is Filipino American History Month. Three decades after Carlos Bulosan published his poem, his words still resonate. With over 4 million Filipino Americans in the United States this month is a call for us to celebrate and…

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Reparations, The Crown Act, & Youth Voice: A Summer in The Movement

September 11, 2019

This Summer our communities of youth activists, experts, and community leaders continued to build towards a more equitable and racially just education system. Students rose to podiums, experts used their platforms to speak about racial justice, and race in education made national headlines. Here are just a few of the highlights from this Summer behind…

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Why we need Integration for Liberation

September 9, 2019

Last month student leaders, elected officials, researchers, educators and community organizers from California and beyond gathered in San Jose to discuss “Integration for Liberation.” While our conversation was rooted in our schools, we quickly saw that transformation and liberation must also ripple out to our communities.  Schools today in New York and California are more…

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An Activist’s Book List

September 6, 2019

To celebrate National Read a Book Day, we sent out a mass email to Californians for Justice staff and gathered a list of the most impactful books we’ve read. Here are our Top 15 books, and why we love them so much! Signed, your local activists. 1. Hunger by Roxane Gay This books is about…

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Dare to Lean on Love, Power & Strength in Spite of Fear

August 9, 2019

Starting the Conversation   Why this work matters Violence has long been a fundamental part of the American experience for communities of color and immigrants, but the visibility and frequency has jumped dramatically since this president took office in 2016. And now, with this past weekend’s historic level of violence and the mass ICE raids we, like…

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1 Year Later: We Still Demand Justice for Nia Wilson & Frederick Taft

July 23, 2019

Last July, Californians for Justice staff, students and communities were rocked by the murders of Nia Wilson in Oakland and Frederick Taft in Long Beach. We condemned these hate crimes for what they were, white supremacist violence aimed at destroying the love and joy in our Black communities, and called for justice in their names. …

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‘And I’m Holy by My Own’: Power and Politics in Black Music

June 27, 2019

June is Black Music Appreciation Month and at CFJ, we want to celebrate some of the artists that have us vibing every week as we fight for racial and educational justice! Listen to our #BlackMusicMonth Playlist on Spotify. Here are 5 of the artists inspiring our staff the most, and why: Nina Simone “One of…

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